Wesleyan portrait of Lori  Gruen

Lori Gruen

William Griffin Professor of Philosophy

Russell House,

Professor of Philosophy

Russell House, 11

Chair, Philosophy

Professor, Science in Society

Russell House,

Professor, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Allbritton Center,

Coordinator, Animal Studies


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BA University of Colorado Boulder
PHD University of Colorado Boulder

Lori Gruen

Lori Gruen is a leading scholar in Animal Studies and Feminist Philosophy.  She is the author and editor of over a dozen books, including Ethics and Animals: An Introduction (Cambridge, 2011, second edition 2021), Critical Terms for Animal Studies (Chicago, 2018), Ecofeminism:  Feminist Intersections with Other Animals and the Earth (Bloomsbury 2014, second edition 2022), Ethics of Captivity (Oxford, 2014), Entangled Empathy (Lantern, 2015) and two new books forthcoming Carceral Logics (Cambridge, 2022) co-edited with Justin Marceau and Animal Crisis (Polity, 2022) co-authored with Alice Crary.  Gruen's work in practical ethics and political philosophy focuses on issues that impact those often overlooked in traditional ethical investigations, e.g. women, people of color, incarcerated people, and non-human animals. She is a Fellow of the Hastings Center for Bioethics, was a Faculty Fellow at Tufts’ Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine’s Center for Animals and Public Policy, is a fellow of the Brooks Animal Studies Academic Network and was the first and founding chair of the Faculty Advisory Committee of the Center for Prison Education at Wesleyan. Gruen has documented the history of The First 100 chimpanzees in research in the US and has an evolving website that documents the journey to sanctuary of the remaining chimpanzees in research labs, The Last 1000.

Gruen has written on a range of topics in practical ethics, feminist philosophy and political philosophy. Her current projects include exploring captivity and the ethical and political questions raised by carceral logics.

Academic Affiliations

Office Hours

Fall 2022 -- Monday afternoons and by appointment


Fall 2022
PHIL 215 - 01
Humans, Animals,Nature

Spring 2023
CHUM 318 - 01
Empathy and Radical Care